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An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in one of two explosions that rocked the capital Tehran almost simultaneously, on Monday 11/29/2010 at about 07:45, according to Iranian state media. Three people were also injured in the blasts (see – Secret-War).


The report said that Dr. Majid Shahriari was killed and his wife was injured. Dr. Majid Shahriari was a member of the nuclear engineering department of Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran, according to the official IRNA news agency. Some websites like the Israeli DEBKA FILES claimed Dr. Majid Shahriari headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks (see – Stuxnet Attack).  



In a separate attack, Dr. Fereydoon Abbasi and his wife were injured. Dr. Fereydoon Abbasi, 52, holds a PhD in nuclear physics and did nuclear research at the Iranian defence ministry, Mashreghnews, an Iranian news website, said. He is “one of the few specialists who can separate isotopes” and has been a “member of the Revolutionary Guards since the revolution” in 1979, added the website. According to some reports Dr. Fereydoon Abbasi is in critical condition and doctors are fighting for his life.


Dr. Majid Shahriari was a colleague of another professor, Massoud A. Mohammadi, who was killed, on 01/12/2010, in the same fashion. Each of the attacks appear to have targeted academics and have been taking place in the same manne.


“A motorbike rider has forged the cars of both these professors, around 7:45 local time, attached a bomb to them, and ran away” reporters in Tehran said.


It’s unclear if the blast was carried out by foreign governments who are actively seeking to undermine Iran’s nuclear programme. Many in Iran believe that the Western powers have a hand in the attacks.


The reported attacks came a day after the top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen in an interview to CNN said that the USA was weighing military options in the face of Tehran’s announcement it had an atomic power plant up and running.


Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said that he does not believe that Iran’s nuclear plant is for civilian use “for a second.”


“In a criminal terrorist act, the agents of the Zionist regime (referring to the Israeli Mossad) attacked two prominent university professors who were on their way to work,” Iran’s state television’s website reported (see -Mossad-Hunt).
* According to initial investigation in both cases pairs on motorcycles conjugated to the cars of the two scientists in the rush hour of the morning almost simultaneously. The second rider attached a magnetic explosive device to the doors of the cars where the driver was seating. The explosive devices were detonated with some sort of delay few seconds later after the motorcycles drew away off the scene. Before drawing away the second rider on each motorcycle shot few shots toward the head of the scientists leaving them with almost no chance to survive.

* The Iranian authorities later admitted that the magnetic explosive devices, also known as sticky bombs and used often in Iraq by pro-Iranian militias, were from Iranian manufacture.     

* Dr. Fereydoon Abbasi was appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Sunday 02/13/2011, to the Head of the Iranian Agency for Atomic Energy – IAAE and one of the president’s deputies.      


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